KAHULUI — Maui members of Business & Professional Women are distributing Equal Pay Day candy bars from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, BPW officials said.
The activity in observance of national Equal Pay Day today aims “to bring attention to the wage gap between men’s and women’s wages,” said Leslie Wilkins of the Maui BPW. “It’s the number one issue of our organization.”
Nationally, women’s earnings are 76.9 percent of men’s, according to U.S. Census statistics released last August. The wage gap costs the average American woman who works full time from $700,000 to $2 million over her lifetime, according to economist Evelyn Murphy. She is president of the WAGE Project, a two-year-old grass-roots program dedicated to closing the wage gap.
For information on the local campaign, call 877-8963 or see www.bpwusa.org.